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The P G Wodehouse Society (UK)

Towards the back of every edition of our journal Wooster Sauce we have two full pages of mentions made in the press of PGW. These are sent in by eagle-eyed Society members. Here is a selection of some of the best, but to read all of them you will have to become a member! (click here)

Media

Only Connect, BBC2 December 19th 2016

Victoria Coren Mitchell admonished the team who did manage to find the connection between “Ring for …”, “Much Obliged …”, “What Ho …”, and “The Inimitable …” after two clues but who said they had never read any of PG Wodehouse’s books. She told them that the Jeeves books “were the greatest books ever written in the English language”. Wise woman!


BBC4, December 30th

From the programme King George and Queen Mary; The Royals Who Rescued The Monarchy: “Queen Mary looked at the summer reading list of her grand-daughter Princess Elizabeth (now The Queen), which had been provided by Elizabeth’s mother, and saw that all seventeen books were by PG Wodehouse.”


Guardian, January 7th 2017

In a feature in which a number of writers selected their favourite funny books, Sebastian Faulks selected the Jeeves stories: “I have never been able to tune in to Lord Emsworth but the Jeeves-Wooster relationship has a tensely comic energy. A few years ago I heard Terry Wogan read the famous Gussie Fink-Nottle prize-giving speech to a large audience at the Cheltenham Festival. They say you could hear the laughter in Birmingham.”


The Oldie, February

Matthew d’Ancona, writing in the Modern Life column, explained what the Alt-right means, concluding that it “is not a serious force in this country … Should you be unlucky enough to encounter one of its members in a social situation, remember Bertie Wooster’s denunciation of Roderick Spode”. After repeating said denunciation (from The Code Of The Woosters), d’Ancona’s last word was “unimprovable”.


The Hindu, February 7th

In ’25 books you must read before you’re 15’, Harshikaa Udashi wrote: “The Code Of The Woosters is a good step into the eccentric world of Wodehouse and his characters … The earlier you are introduced to Wodehouse-isms, the longer you can savour the fun … This book is classic Wodehouse fare – memorable scenes, convoluted plot and the zaniest characters ever. And not to forget, those long-winding complex sentences that do not permit a superficial read.”


Daily Telegraph, March 3rd

Michael Deacon’s Commons Sketch, in looking at the SNP’s call for a new referendum, wrote, “PG Wodehouse wrote that it’s never hard ‘to tell the difference between a Scotsman with a grievance and a ray of sunshine’. In the case of the SNP, however, this is untrue. They love a good grievance. Nothing makes them happier.”


The Times Supplement T2, March 21st

A wonderful two-page spread on the Society’s new President, Alexander Armstrong, who was interviewed by journalist and Society member Patrick Kidd.


Austin Daily Herald, March 26th

In an interview, Faith Sullivan, author of Good Night, Mr Wodehouse, commented that when she picked up her first Wodehouse novel, “I went through it like a bowl of salted peanuts”.


Guardian, April 20th

In an article about rugby, of all sports, Paul Rees wrote that the director of rugby at the Harlequins, who had just been defeated, “wore the air of a man who, in the words of PG Wodehouse, had searched for the leak in life’s gas-pipe with a lighted candle”.


The Oldie, May 2017

An article about a mischievous Oxford don, Dr Angus McIntyre, who wrote a spoof biography of Sir Humphrey Appleby (of Yes Minister fame) on the Magdalen College Register, bemoaned the fact that Dr M’s untimely death robbed him of his plan to include another fictional character on the register – one Bertram Wilberforce Wooster.